Improved maintenance leads to better play
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Pros: I played the Bousquet Ski Area Disc Golf Course before reading the reviews, and enjoyed myself so much I felt compelled to update not only the course conditions, but the efforts of the staff as well.
The course is a part of a "summertime ski resort" business effort that seems to be doing well. In addition to a superb disc golf course, there is a water slide, putt-putt course, go karts, and a technical downhill mountain bike course. Definitely a good excuse to bring the family out for the day to hang out.
The course is $6 to play, and there is a donation box next to the first tee behind the "tickets" building in the parking lot. When you buy your pass, ask for a color map of the course (not black and white), as it is more helpful for navigating the course.
Bring some extra water. It's not an extremely strenuous course, but you'll be hiking quite a bit up and down ski slopes. The tee pads are a gravel/concrete mix that holds up pretty well (seems to have been updated from previous reviews and photos). Some of the pads are not perfectly level, but you can get great grip and heel rotation without any real issues on the them. Great Innova baskets - which were being leveled as we were talking to the grounds crew during our round.
...which leads to "brush." It wasn't really that bad. It seems like they've done plenty of bush-whacking since most of these reviews had been written. I went in Early September, so there is usually a lot of overgrowth on most courses by this point. The fairways were certainly fair, as they were basically open ski slopes. Easy to keep your discs in the fairway, but the rough wasn't all that punishing. It wasn't worse than North Carolina brush that I deal with every day. But still bring some bug spray.
I didn't lose a disc (thankfully), and following the map made it easier to predict where the disc needed to end up to have a chance a par.
I would recommend trying to play this course at least twice in the day if you can. You'll enjoy it more the second time when you know exactly where you want those "bombers" to go. I played the course once and ended at +5. I certainly felt challenged and wanted more.
Six holes were 400'+, and there were even a few under 300'. Great mix of holes. I felt like the slopes were well played and often required a good mix of forehand and backhand throw opportunities.
Cons: The only thing that I have to comment on here is quite an interesting item.
The ski resort has a petting zoo on the premises which is surrounded by a light-gauge electric fence to keep the few sheep in. I even tested it (just because that's how I am) and it was not very strong. But this acre-or-so for the animals comes close on holes 17 and 18. You throw over a RHBH hyzer over it on 17, and it's 30' behind the basket on 18.
You can hop over the fence without much problem, but it is worth mentioning so you don't have your young ones touching it if you need to get a disc from inside.
It seemed really relaxed, and I retrieved both mine and my brother's disc without any problem from the fence, crew, or animals. Even made a sweet putt over the electric fence for a birdie on 18. It's a cool-con, and really the only reasonable concern I have.
Other Thoughts: I think the course has seen great improvements based on what I have read here and saw on the course. The grounds crew was actively working on leveling baskets for a tournament, weed-whacking, and I did not have many issues with overgrowth even when I didn't stay in the fairway.
The course is very close to Berkshire and worth the time and few bucks it costs to support a great course and friendly staff.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Where discs go to die
Pros: This 18 hole course is situated on a Berkshire Ski Mountain in Western Mass. It's one of only a few courses in the western half of the state. The Baskets are in good condition and the tees are marked with small wooden posts that make them easy to find. Maps are available at the ski lodge and they make navigation even easier. The course is well designed going up the mountain about a third of the way and coming back down. There's an elevation change on just about every hole and there's enough variety of elevation change throughout the flow of the course (i.e. it's not just 9 uphill shots then 9 downhill). There are some benches at a few tee pads. The course is quite challenging with tight, defined fairways, extreme elevation change, long distances, challenging shot placement, and tricky basket placement (hole 11 is death putt city!). A few tight wooded holes balance out the mostly open holes. There's plenty of parking, beautiful scenery, and restrooms in the base lodge. Furthermore, the mountain has a number of other off season activities that could keep other family members or friends who don't want to play occupied: mini golf, water slide, ropes course, petting zoo, etc.
Cons: The rough here is impassible in many places. I lost two discs here in one round. Some discarded machine parts in the rough create a serious safety concern. It's not a family friendly course (which is surprising given all of the other family friendly activities here in the summer). Beginners will likely loose discs here, so if you rent discs and loose them, it's possible your round could get expensive. Speaking of expense, the course is a pay-to-play. $6 is pretty pricy for a course with such poorly maintained foliage in the rough. The grass was long and discs that fly into thick foliage are likely going to be lost and gone forever. The tee pads are also in poor shape (gravel) and maps at the tee pad would be a huge help since many baskets aren't visible from their respective tees.
Other Thoughts: This course is worth checking out if you're in the area and itching to play a round. But the resort really doesn't make maintenance here a priority. It's not a destination course, but simply a way for the mountain to try to make a few extra bucks during their off-season. Don't go too far out of your way to play this one, and don't throw any discs that you have any kind of emotional attachment to. You may never see them again!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Serving as the western outpost in Massachusetts, protecting the border against New York and Vermont, this is virtually the only course around. It is has some of the most dramatic scenery in the state, overlooking the underrated Berkshires.
Unlike many courses on ski hills, you don't use the lift here, which cuts the course fee to a very reasonable $6. Also unlike many ski hill courses, this has holes that appear to be designed by someone who has played before. The holes aren't all wide open shots along the trails (although many are) and require a bit of shot shaping.
Navigation wasn't bad. I lost the map they gave me pretty early on, but the next tee pad was always visible from the basket.
Hole 16 is an open shot narrowing to a tunnel to a basket on the other side. Great risk/reward with whether you try to make it all the way through or lay up for a safe 3.
Hole 10 is a very technical shot up a tight gap that will kill errant shots. No bad rough, but lots of trees.
Cons: The tee pads are all gravel. I know you aren't going to get concrete pads on a mountain, but I didn't love my footing.
On two of the holes a mid-mountain animal pen comes into play. I think it might be a petting zoo, and the caretaker let us feed some goats, a lamb, and a donkey. So that was enjoyable, but retrieving my disc later on wasn't (do goats kick? Probably not, but I felt bad about intruding).
I had a spotter with me, but if I hadn't, it wouldn't have been as fun. The fairways are mowed but probably not every week, and there are lots of places to lose a disc in tall grass off the fairways or in thickets here and there. Hole 14 is begging to eat your disc if you tempt fate with a crappy turnover.
While not many holes are bad, there aren't many that are really great. The downhill holes aren't really bombers and are easy to overthrow, even at 400 feet. I was hoping for a big finishing hole, but I couldn't go all out on it and still overthrew it.
Other Thoughts: Fair warning, this isn't a great course for newcomers. I'm glad about that, but I didn't get a lot of 3s here and could see a newbie not having a blast. That said, this is a mountain that knows how to bring in the summer fun. There were waterslides, go karts, minigolf, mini boat races (the kind with remote control boats, not teams of dudes drinking), an impressive high ropes course...and goats! I wish I could have come here as a kid.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Where is the next hole?
Pros: On a mountain side. Views of Mount Greylock. Elevation change challenging. Some longer holes.
Cons: On a mountain side. Windy. Steep up and downs. Mud tee box. No marking where the next tee is. Got the holes out of order. The pins are not marked what hole they are for. How hard is it to paint the pin number on the basket? No trash cans. The woods is loaded with trash. A hole in the woods has a creek running 6 inches from the pin. A tee has snow making crane in the way.
Other Thoughts: Don't go out of your way for this one.
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Hills and Winds
Pros: Bottom line I liked it!
More than just disc golf on site
Some open bomb shots
Nice wooded holes
More open shots than we usually get to play around here, compliments our other NE courses.
Good flow, it played fairly quickly and right when you get really tired walking uphills, you get a few down/cross hills to get your steam back.
Cons: Natural tees. Acceptable, but better tees would make it 4.5 stars.
Hole 10! Tee shot is just too tight. Finishes ok, but I dislike the start.
The deuce holes are generally left-to-right, some short right-to-left holes would balance.
Other Thoughts: Ski hill golf 1.5 hours from central CT and Woostah is a plus.
The staff I met were pleasant, and they were hard at work on the hill.
Let it rip and then finesse the short holes, low scores are out there, but probably not common.
It's a very fun course, not overly difficult. I did not have a lot of trouble finding discs, seems a pleasurable experience was the idea and they pulled it off. In other words, don't be scared of the mountain golf, it is really quite tame!
Hole 16 is amazing risk vs reward.
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Mountain Views and Tricky Winds
Pros: Spectacular views! Two tees on every hole make for a more manageable round for those of us that can't bomb drives 300'. Good variety of uphill, downhill holes and a couple of "chute" holes (7 & 8) where accuracy is key. The wide open and downhill 9th hole is the place to air it out. Staff is friendly and there is beer at the lodge.
Cons: Grass tees can be slippery when damp. Tees are "roped off" and can be tough to find, especially the yellow "amateur" tees. Only 9 holes. When the winds come up the slopes it really plays havoc with shot making. Some serious elevation gain on hole 3, then a brisk walk up to the tee for #4.
Other Thoughts: The $6 fee is to be expected at a ski area trying to stay in business as a year round resort. Other activities to non disc-golfers to enjoy. Could eventually become an 18 hole course.
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